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Autonomic dysfunction, allergy and the upper airway. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2007 Aug;15(4):264-7

Date

07/11/2007

Pubmed ID

17620901

DOI

10.1097/MOO.0b013e32826fbcc9

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The autonomic nervous system has been implicated in the pathophysiology of chronic upper airway inflammatory disease for decades. We discuss the most recent literature with regard to autonomic nervous system dysfunction and chronic upper airway disease.

RECENT FINDINGS: Recently, state of the art autonomic nervous system testing has demonstrated autonomic nervous system dysfunction in patients with chronic upper airway inflammatory disease. This dysfunction has been characterized as hypoadrenergic.

SUMMARY: Autonomic nervous system dysfunction likely plays a role in chronic upper airway inflammatory disease. Further investigation may lead to a better understanding of the role of autonomic nervous system dysfunction in these disorders and, hence, opportunities for novel therapeutic modalities.

Author List

Loehrl TA

Author

Todd A. Loehrl MD Professor in the Otolaryngology department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Autonomic Nervous System
Humans
Hypersensitivity
Rhinitis
Sinusitis
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